Steve Bruce rules out Newcastle United selling Allan Saint-Maximin this summer
Steve Bruce has ruled out Newcastle United selling Allan Saint-Maximin while speaking with talkSPORT, but accepts that it is only natural for potential suitors to assess a transfer.
Saint-Maximin has been in scintillating form since returning from a groin injury (nufc.co.uk) last month, to light up a dismal day at Burnley and cause Liverpool plenty of problems on the break through his direct runs and blistering pace.
The 24-year-old’s goal and assist at Turf Moor helped see that the Toon flipped the scoreline to leave with a vital win amid their fight for Premier League survival, and added his fifth assist of the season next time out in victory over West Ham United.
No Newcastle player has offered more assists in the top-flight this term than Saint-Maximin, despite the French wing wizard sitting out 13 games through ankle (Northern Echo) and groin injuries, along with suffering from the long-term effects of Covid-19 (Sky Sports).
Bruce admits it would not be a surprise if rival clubs are now assessing moves to sign Saint-Maximin in the summer transfer window, even though the £16.5million (Sky Sports) former OGC nice attacker claimed ‘my ambition is to go up with the club’ recently (Chronicle Live).
“He has wonderful natural ability and it wouldn’t surprise me if other teams are looking because his ability is there for everybody to see,” Bruce said. “He is a very gifted individual and young, of course. The last thing we want to be doing is selling our better players, that is for sure.”
Newcastle should be well-positioned to rebuff any pursuit for Saint-Maximin in the summer given his recent claims of wanting to stay at St. James’ Park, where he is under contract until 2026 after penning a new deal in October worth more than double his previous £36,000-per-week terms (The Sun).
The Magpies securing their top-flight status will also aid their position in fending off any approach, as dropping down to the Championship would undoubtedly raise Saint-Maximin’s place on shopping lists across the Premier League having been such a dynamic weapon.
Newcastle need to be building around their players like Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson if they are to move up the Premier League table instead of fighting for their survival in seasons to come, and it is good for Toon supporters that Bruce is so unwilling to do business.
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